European Union Adds Military Wing of Hezbollah to List of Terrorist Organizations

By JAMES KANTER and JODI RUDOREN, NY TIMES— The military wing of Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese Shiite group, was blacklisted by European Union ministers as a terrorist organization on Monday in a policy shift that reflected their concern about Hezbollah’s suspected involvement in Europe-based bombings and its growing role in the Syria war. The blacklisting…

Israel's security policy in a changing Middle East

By MOSHE YAALON, WASHINGTON INSTITUTE— Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon believes that Israel’s recent period of relative peace could be shattered by conflict and instability spilling over from its neighbors. Speaking to a standing-room-only audience at The Washington Institute on June 14, he provided a sweeping assessment of the risks confronting Israel today, from…

Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing to the Golan Heights

By SKYLAR SCHMANSKI, inCONTEXT— Syrian rebels temporarily seized control of the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria on June 6, spurring Austria to withdraw all of its 380 peacekeepers stationed in the Golan Heights. Vienna attributed its decision to vacate the buffer zone, where international forces have been stationed since the 1974 armistice, to the…

Sunni-Shiite divide in Syria may spark wider Middle East war

By RICK MORAN, AMERICAN THINKER— Lebanon’s mulch-religious society has become a tinderbox since Hezbollah, who dominates the government, announced their military assistance to President Assad in Syria. But the Sunni-Shiite divide in Lebanon is only a microcosm of what is occurring elsewhere in the Middle East. The two major sects of Islam, never at peace…

UN Health Assembly, Syria, Slam 'Inhuman Israeli Practices'

By JEWISH PRESS-— The annual assembly of the UN’s World Health Organization today adopted a resolution criticizing Israel — in the organization’s only debate on a specific country — with Syria protesting “inhuman Israeli practices” that target “the health of Syrian citizens.” The WHO resolution against Israel was not yet published, but was likely a…